I am confident in the kitchen, but there are a few dishes that I have never considered making at home. Always up for a challenge, last month I treated myself to one that seemed doubly difficult: I would cook not one but two tough dishes – the kind I thought you could only get in a restaurant – for the first time. And I would for a dinner.
First of all, at least in terms of preparation: Alaska in the oven. It’s really just a fancy ice cream cake, but it’s filled with drama that culminates with guests approaching around your table wearing a glistening white dome of French meringue, accented with charred peaks because you’ve just come from. take out an ice cream cake from a 500- degree oven. Baked Alaska uses seven ingredients, six of which are purchased, and it takes about 24 hours to prepare. What? Who has the time? Who has the patience? And is it worth it? I was about to find out.